Oleksandr Usyk is hoping his upcoming ring return pushed through as planned.
Usyk has been out of the ring since October of 2019, when he made his heavyweight debut with a stoppage of very late replacement Chazz Witherspoon.
That victory was Usyk's only bout since the fall of 2018, when the former undisputed cruiserweight world champion stopped Tony Bellew.
With the current global climate, with respect to the coronavirus, countless boxing events have been canceled all the way to May 2.
Due to injuries, Usyk has not been very active.
And because of that he's crossing his fingers that nothing delays the Chisora bout.
“I really hope this fight takes place. I have not really thought too much about the effect of the virus on the fight and my training, Thursday night was the first time I really thought about how it might cause some problems," Usyk said.
“But these sort of challenges motivate me. I feel more power. I put extra weight on my body when I train in the gym and I don’t feel as flexible or sharp as I should but that is only because of the hard work.
“When it comes to sparring and boxing, me and my team will decide on the optimum weight for me to fight at. I will stay on that weight and it will be ideal for my movement because that is my main skill.”
Usyk is not looking ahead to potential fights with Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury. He says his entire focus is on Chisora and taking the necessary precautions to avoid the coronavirus.
“I will be isolated for my training camp, I always am, but every Sunday I will spend time with my family and go to church. But I do not think about Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury. I only think about my training camp," Usyk said.